Personal reﬂections on prison staff
My intention in this chapter is to talk on four central themes. The ﬁrst concerns the impact that members of staff can have on inmates, both positive and negative. The second regards the brutalising effects of imprisonment and how these can affect everyone who steps behind the prison walls. The third describes the imbalance of power between staff and inmates, and the impact this has on the relationships that can develop between them. The fourth theme is how this power relationship, and its manifestations, can be affected by the nature of the establishment and what impact this has for staff/inmate relations.